Now playing in theaters is the inspiring film The Good Lie. Directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the film tells the story of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who were uprooted by the brutal Sudanese Civil War that started in 1983. Young orphans of war, both boys and girls, trekked thousands of miles on foot through hostile, treacherous terrain to escape the violence and find safety. Before 9/11, the United States had a program to bring survivors to America and help them get acclimated to their new lives. Thousands were brought over. The Good Lie tells the story of a few of these survivors. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, and Sarah Baker, The Good Lie will remind you about what’s really important. For more on the film, watch this featurette or the trailer.
At the Nashville press day, I spoke to Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel and screenwriter Margaret Nagle. They talked about what it was like collaborating with director Philippe Falardeau, the big challenges they overcame to make the film, and more. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel and Screenwriter Margaret Nagle:
- What was a big challenge that they overcame to make the film?
- What was it like collaborating with director Philippe Falardeau